Profession video designer

Video designers develop a projected image design concept for a performance and supervise the execution of it. Their work is based on research and artistic vision. Their design is influenced by and influences other designs and must be conform with these designs and the overall artistic vision. Therefore, the designers work closely with artistic directors, operators and the artistic team. Video designers prepare media fragments to be used in a performance, which can involve recording, composing, manipulating and editing. During rehearsals and performance they coach the operators to obtain optimal timing and manipulation. Video  designers develop plans, mapping, cue lists and other documentation to support the operators and production crew. Video designers sometimes also work as autonomous artists, creating video art outside a performance context.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Investigative
  • Artistic / Realistic

Skills

  • Analyse the artistic concept based on stage actions

    Analyse the artistic concept, form and structure of a live performance based on observation during rehearsals or improvisation. Create a structured base for the design process of a specific production.

  • Adapt existing designs to changed circumstances

    Adapt an existing design to changed circumstances and ensure that the artistic quality of the original design is reflected in the final result.

  • Analyse a script

    Break down a script by analysing the dramaturgy, form, themes and structure of a script. Conduct relevant research if necessary.

  • Coach staff for running the performance

    Give instructions to all team members about how they should run the performance.

  • Edit digital moving images

    Use specialised software to edit video images for use in an artistic production.

  • Assess power needs

    Prepare and manage the provision of electrical power for different areas.

  • Adapt to artists' creative demands

    Work with artists, striving to understand the creative vision and adapting to it. Make full use of your talents and skills to reach the best possible result.

  • Work safely with mobile electrical systems under supervision

    Take the necessary precautions while providing temporary power distribution for performance and art facility purposes under supervision.

  • Perform quality control of design during a run

    Control and ensure the quality of design results during a run.

  • Develop design ideas cooperatively

    Share and develop design ideas with the artistic team. Conceptualise new ideas independently and with others. Present your idea, gain feedback and take it into account. Make sure the design fits with the work of other designers.

  • Analyse the scenography

    Analyse the selection and distribution of material elements on a stage.

  • Communicate during show

    Efficient communication during live performance, anticipate any possible malfunctioning.

  • Run a media server

    Set up and run a media server.

  • Use technical documentation

    Understand and use technical documentation in the overall technical process.

  • Safeguard artistic quality of performance

    Observe the show, anticipate and react to possible technical problems, ensuring optimal artistic quality.

  • Verify feasibility

    Interpret an artistic plan and verify whether the described design can be executed.

  • Tune a projector

    Focus and tune a projector.

  • Analyse score

    Analysing the score, form, themes and structure of a piece of music.

  • Use communication equipment

    Set up, test and operate different types of communication equipment such as transmission equipment, digital network equipment, or telecommunications equipment.

  • Update design results during rehearsals

    Updating the design results based on observation of the stage image during the rehearsals, especially where the different designs and the action are integrated.

  • Propose improvements to artistic production

    Assess past artistic activities with a view to improving future projects.

  • Develop design concept

    Research information to develop new ideas and concepts for the design of a specific production. Read scripts and consult directors and other production staff members, in order to develop design concepts and plan productions.

  • Monitor sociological trends

    Identify and investigate sociological trends and movements in society.

  • Present detailed design proposals

    Prepare and present detailed design suggestions for a specific production to a mixed group of people, including technical, artistic and management staff.

  • Monitor developments in technology used for design

    Identify and explore recent developments in technology and materials used in the live performance industry, in order to create an up-to-date technical background for one’s personal design work.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Research new ideas

    Thorough research for information to develop new ideas and concepts for the design of a specific production based.

Optional knowledge and skills

set up projection equipment copyright legislation cue a performance keep personal administration lead a team labour legislation contribute to a safe working environment draw up artistic production run a projection meet deadlines document your own practice provide documentation translate artistic concepts to technical designs update budget analyse the need for technical resources adapt artistic plan to location work with respect for own safety ensure safety of mobile electrical systems follow safety procedures when working at heights use personal protection equipment follow environmentally-sustainable work practices organise resources for artistic production

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